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August 2015 Archives

The prevalence of drunk driving in America

The more drivers are advised not drink and drive, the more it seems that Americans break drunk driving laws. This is probably the reason why even sober drivers are now advised to be careful once they are behind the wheel, as drunk driving cases continue to increase in America. A new study has shown that about 4.2 million people in the U.S. have driven under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past month.

Ex-felons and advocates rally for reinstatement of voting rights

Many people may be aware that according to existing laws, ex-felons in Maryland are not allowed to vote immediately after they complete their prison sentences. Instead, they have to wait until the end of their probation period and parole sentence, which can sometimes last for decades. Understandably, the matter is much debated but the law still remains in effect. In fact, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan vetoed a 2015 bill that sought to reinstate the voting rights of ex-felons immediately after their release from prison.

Drunk driving and other alcohol-related deaths in Maryland

Even though the numbers of drunk driving and alcohol-involved fatal accidents have gone down in recent years, one in three traffic deaths in the U.S. involve drunk drivers. In Maryland, drivers face drunk driving charges if their blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent or higher. And, even though authorities use sobriety checkpoints, licenses suspensions and ignition interlock laws to prevent drunk driving, far too many people still get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Overview of the voluntary manslaughter statute in Maryland

Manslaughter is the act of killing another human being in a way that it considered a less serious offense than murder. In Maryland, the offense can be either voluntary or involuntary manslaughter. However, according to Maryland laws, voluntary manslaughter means when a person kills another person and has been proved to have legally adequate provocation. That is also called heat-of-passion murder.

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